BLUFFTON, Ind. (WANE) A not guilty plea was entered on behalf of Joshua Clark at his first court appearance Thursday morning on a felony child seduction charge related to an investigation into sexual relations between him and a 17-year-old student while he was a teacher at Bluffton High School.
Clark, 39, showed up in court without legal counsel, although he plans on hiring his own attorney and has 20 days to do so. Judge Kenton Kiracofe issued a no contact order for Clark and the alleged victim.
Clark resigned last Friday afternoon from his position as a math teacher at Bluffton High School after a student had come forward to alert the principal that another student had confided to her that the two had sex in his office the previous morning. The student was 18-years-old, but a subsequent investigation indicated Clark and the girl also had sexual relations back in June, prior to her turning 18.
If convicted of felony child seduction, Clark faces anywhere from two to eight years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Judge Kiracofe told the court the usual sentence for that crime is four years.
Clark is free after posting a $10,000 bond and is due back in court on September 15 to ensure he has an attorney. Another court appearance is scheduled for October 22 where a plea deal could be agreed upon or a trial date set.
It’s not known if Clark is married, however he told the court was currently living with his parents in Fort Wayne.